Startup Class 2021
Entrepreneurship Summer School in Berlin
9.-20. August 2021
The entrepreneurs’ class
Startup Class is a project-based summer school (since 2018) where you’ll learn to think and act like an entrepreneur and acquire important business skills. This year, it is a hybrid format.
You and your team will go from idea to solution over the intense course of
Develop a prototype and business model together with your team. Online (digital whiteboard, messenger, video calls).
Coaches and experts will give you feedback and help you to focus on value creation. Online (video calls).
Meet your team and develop innovative solutions together. In person (vaccinated/ recovered/ tested).
Discover the Berlin startup ecosystem and meet other startup enthusiasts. In person (vaccinated/ recovered/ tested).
The world needs you
Gather your team of 3-5 people and start to solve one of the many challenges out there: Reduce CO2, fight inequality and racism, build the city of the future, you name it.
Participate for free
Startup Class is organized and funded by Berlin School of Economics and Law, Startup Incubator Berlin and its partners. The 2-week program is free of charge (0,00 €).
Know the tools
By the end of the course, your team will have developed a digital prototype and tested a novel product or service. Also, you will learn and apply innovation methods like Design Thinking and Agile / Lean Business Development.
You will learn to think and act like an entrepreneur, a valuable skill-set for your career. Bring in your creativity and ideas to solve a real business challenge. Get in touch with like-minded entrepreneurs and experts from various backgrounds.
|Design Thinking||User-centered methods help solving the right problems and build solutions people actually need.|
|Lean Startup||Make effective experiments and learn from them. Lean Startup is all about learning and progress.|
|Innovation Accounting||Startup metrics help you to focus and keep track of your progress. Corporate ventures love it.|
|Prototyping||Prototypes help you to validate your ideas very quickly. Digital prototypes are perfect for remote testing.|
|Entrepreneurs change the way we work and live together. They dare to try the unknown.|
My experience at Startup Class proved to me my ability to become an entrepreneur.Rick (Class of 2018)
Startup Class opened up a whole new world of possibilities to me.Madini (Class of 2018)
Startup Class was an immersion into the skin of an entrepreneur. Mind blowing!Elena (Class of 2018)
Your learning journey will start with creating a user-centered innovation and include developing a business model for a startup idea.
Experts and coaches
These people will help you to tackle your Startup Class challenge.
These partners are making Startup Class happen.
Frequently asked questions
What does it cost?
Nothing. Thanks to our partners and public funding, Startup Class is for free. All basic software we’ll use will be free for you. In the case of live events or meeting up with your team in person, you would need to cover transportation costs.
Are there any obligations?
Please make sure to be available on all days, 9 am – 5 pm, and have a quiet, undisturbed working area for yourself. A good wifi connection is important for all online sessions (collaboration, video conferences etc.). On some days, we’ll have events in the evening, too. We’ll also ask you to do some pre-Startup Class activities, such as printing and filling out some documents, installing software, recording a short video and answering to our emails. There is more in the application form, please read it carefully! Startup Class will be very intense, it’s not like any other summer school.
What happens with my application?
In case we have more applications than places available (around 40) we would select participants based on motivations. We had around 100 applications in the recent years. We look for an explanation and reasoning why you want to join Startup Class. All other personal information such as age, gender, nationality or field of study (alumni or active students) will NOT be judged. You can also apply as an experienced employee or young professional.
Are there hard selection criteria?
Yes, two. First, you should have a valid postal address in the Berlin area (Berlin / Brandenburg) for the duration of Startup Class and before. We will send you material you’ll need for Startup Class and there will be occasions to meet up in person with your Startup Class team (of course, all current Covid-19 regulations apply).
Secondly, you should have your university studies finished or currently in progress (Bachelor, Master etc.) because Startup Class requires a minimum study background.
Do I have to (or can) bring my own startup idea?
No. During Startup Class, you will work on a real challenge that you can choose during the first days of Startup Class. If you already have a startup idea (no matter in which area), you can suggest this to your team members during Startup Class. If your idea is already a bit more advanced and ready to be a business, Startup Class may not help you so much – please contact our incubation program at HWR in this case.
Do I have to bring my own team?
You do not need a team. Teams will be formed during first day of Startup Class. Of course, you can bring friends or team members.
Can I participate alone?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. For all the methods we’ll use, teamwork is required. We will match you up with team members.
What if I have a startup idea and my idea is confidential?
In this case Startup Class may not be the right learning program for you. We’ll use user-centered innovation methods, gather feedback in interviews and test prototypes. We think this process is very important during the idea validation phase – to reach a problem-solution-fit. If you are already done with the validation phase with your idea, you may take the next step via our incubation program at Startup Incubator Berlin.